Saturday, June 1, 2013
I have rescued dozens of dogs but rescuing a puppy mill dog is a WHOLE new experience...I struggled with letting her go... My dogs adored her but the family who adopted her was PERFECT>>>>> Stay at home Mom, with Ozzie the deaf Boston terrier who they adopted in December. He needs a friend. Penny and Ozzie hit it off right away and more importantly she seemed to love the family and their daughter... They also adopted a 12 year old girl who they adored for the last two years of her life.
She is my amazing girl- 8 years in a cage and after 13 weeks housetrained, showing affection, loves walks. Penny Lane was the perfect dog for my family but more importantly she the The most perfect dog for their family. She will get the love and companionship that she deserves... Cried for hours today but I know in my heart she is HOME....Lucky, lucky me to have had her in my life. She was a gift.
-- Sharon Sweeney
How wonderful that you helped to make that happen and find her forever home. I know it must be sad, but what wonderful love you have in your heart that you shared with her.
Congratulations to Miss Penny Lane and special thanks to her foster mama.
-- Stacie K
We admire your selflessness and giving heart.
Friday, May 31, 2013
I wanted you all to meet Darla. She was our first BT. She came to us at 5 weeks old and a whopping 1 lb. we took her to work with us everyday. She occupied the bottom draw at the office! Lol. I converted it into a comfortable,little doggy bed for her. My husband did the same and would smuggle her in tucked in his shirt. She grew to be strong, smart and wonderfully comical! We did agility together and covered miles and miles of state parks and riding trails. Darla became a certified therapy dog and touched the lives of many. I watched in awe as she lay with the terminally ill, brought smiles to those without hope, romped with foster children, and comforted friends and relatives waiting for news of loved ones with uncertain outcomes. She worked as a reading therapy dog in a number of school programs. Always patient with the challenged, encouraging to the fearful ones, and always their cheerleader! As the years flew by and more and more BTS found their way through our doors, Darla was there to meet and greet and teach them them the ropes. She's been one of the lucky ones. She's only known one home and one family. Never had a hand raised in anger toward her, and has been love and respected all her entire life. My world has come crashing down and the void will be huge. She's has been with me or 13 years.
As Sara McLaughlin writes, “Mheart is breaking for you. What a wonderful story of her life you have written. She has been an unbelievably lucky puppy and she is very lucky to have you at a time like this to be with her and assure her there is nothing to be scared of.
She knows she is loved.”
Erin Sullivan writes, “What a wonderful and touching story. You are so lucky to have had each other all these years, though I am sure it will never feel long enough. How fortunate for her that she has a family to love her all the way to the end, and cares enough to send her off with dignity. She is dmmost certainly one of the lucky ones. Hang in there, I know it is never easy, but know that she had the best life a dog could ask for, and it sure sounds like she wouldn't have changed one thing about it if you could ask her. I'll be thinking about you and your family. Thanks for sharing this difficult and sad but beautiful part of your life with us. It is always heartening to hear there are people like you out there.”
My heart goes out to you.
Thank you for the support this week while get my first foster Buck.
Buck is a 5 year old Boston Terrier whose has some health issues due to being badly abused as a puppy.
I picked him up in North Philadelphia yesterday from a relative of the abuser . She could no longer care for him.
He is blind in his left eye and seems to have a bad hip. Buck also hops a little bit on his back leg.
There is also a fatty tumor on his neck.
With such happiness playing with his toys, Justine. We all want the dark clouds of abuse he had to lift in your caring home. Thank you for helping him. Thank you Justine for opening up your heart and home to this beautiful boy. We know he will blossom in your care! He will be getting lots of love now!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Summer is here and so is the heat - You don't leave a toddler wrapped in a fur coat in the car while you run errands, so why do you think it's ok for a dog?
Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for "just a minute"—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car's color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
Bosco came from a kill shelter, and he was saved by Foster Mom Alissa Donnell in the nick of time.
He is very quiet, affectionate with out being annoying, well mannered and is friendly with Alissa’s children (well supervised). He interacts well with other dogs. He has seen my cats but had no interaction. He has a tumor hanging down several inches under his belly that appears to stem off of the skin tag or nipple and his one eye is a bit runny and may have cataracts. Alissa thinks he is much older then 8 as previously indicated, since he seems very old and tired.
Thank you Alissa, for saving this precious boy’s life!
Molly was rescued by the Boston Terrier Rescue of South Carolina. Her name is Molly and she is 3-4 years old. She is around 18 pounds and, like most Southern dogs, she had heart-worms, but has completed her treatment and is now clear.
NEBTR worked with BTRSC and Molly is now in our care. Thanks to foster Mom Liz Shockley, she will have a second chance at life.
Thank you Liz, for being there for this beautiful girl. We know she will blossom under your care, and thank you for being there for her, every step of the way!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Jack Flash was adopted yesterday to a great home, the Tremel family. They are in love and it is where he should be.
Jack Flash was our first foster and the little guy has been through a lot in the past few months. I got him from a shelter in north Jersey, got him healthy, on a routine, and he really came into his own with us. He was adopted a few weeks ago to a family in north jersey. Everything was going really well until the daughter became allergic. I took in Rocky (second foster) on a Sunday and the very next night I got the email from the owner saying he would have to return Jack. Rocky is not good with other dogs. So my husband and I had Jack Flash and Rocky for two nights together. We had to keep them separated, so we stayed with them in different rooms. We have been married for a year and a half and I don't think we have spent that much time apart! :) We were happy to spend a few days with Jack because he is such a special and adorable dog.
Jack Flash was adopted yesterday morning by Mazy's mom and is going to a wonderful home. She said she fell in love with him when she saw his photo and is completely in love with him. I don't know why but it seemed harder to say goodbye to him this time. I really missed him after he was adopted and I realized it more when I got him back. We really cherished the past few days with him. Yesterday morning my husband knelt down and Jack put his paws on his shoulders, leaned in, and jack rested his head on my husband's shoulder for about a full minute. It was a REAL hug!! And I could see in Jack's face that he was saying "Thank you!" with a sigh. It was one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. It was really touching. A definite "who rescued who?" moment. This was so out of the ordinary for Jack - it was like he was really saying "goodbye" to him.
I have already gotten text messages and updates from his new home and she bought him a new harness that looks great on him. It sounds as though this is where he belongs. Hoping that it is!
I am attaching a few photos of Jack. I just think he is the most adorable dog!
Please help Madden. This beautiful girl landed in a shelter, due to no fault of her own. She is a real sweetheart, full of love for everyone. Fortunately, she was discovered by NEBTR and foster parents Bethany and Matthew Vaughan. Now she has been diagnosed with cancer.
Madden deserves a second chance. Her life so far has been difficult and she needs your help to get her the care she needs to find forever happiness.
She will be undergoing surgery to remove her tumor and she will need substantial follow up care, including possible chemotherapy. We will keep you updated on her progress,
Please help get Madden the treatment she needs. Donations for her care can be done online at
Meet Porter! Porter has been with us now for a week and a half. He is making great strides. He suffers from anxiety and nervousness. He would tremble and drool just going outside in the backyard. This weekend he was actually hanging out on the new deck!!! He is fully house trained, crate trained and is really just a little snuggle bug. He has very quickly bonded with his foster parents and loves his one on one play time!!
Porter is responding so well to just a bit of discipline with lots of positive reinforcement. He likes his treats, but loves when you tell him he is a good boy and give him love and rubs. He nuzzles against you, mewling and making little gremlin noises! He is really enjoying himself and coming out of his shell.
Attached is a new photo. Look at those baby-blues! Who could resist him??
Thank you again Jennifer for caring for and loving this special boy!
Our beautiful - Boston/Beagle/Hound mix Star is recovering nicely from her spay on Tuesday. She had a rough day after and refused to eat or even move but now her little wag is back. She froze like a statue with the cone so my cousin gave me her dog donut instead which Star doesn't seem to mind. She's a wonderful girl who was bred at least 6 times before the age of 4! All of that is behind her now and she can enjoy the rest of her life being spoiled rotten. A family in our neighborhood is coming to meet her tomorrow or Tuesday. They are a semi-retired couple who have owned rescue dogs their whole life. They lost their boxer a few months ago and really miss having a fur baby around. Keep your fingers crossed for this beautiful girl!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Congratulations to Dash, who was adopted by the Kirkland family! His foster mom Erin Sullivan writes:
“They thanked me for all the work, and all the time I took teaching them what to do when meeting people. Dash met a friend of theirs last night, and was a perfect gentleman. I am so proud! We also learned we have a lot in common, and Jasper my husband and I all enjoy Archery. Jasper makes his own arrows, and out of their intense gratitude for having Dash to fill the hole their last dog left in their heart, has insisted he hand make us each a set of arrows to say thanks. What a wonderful couple. I can't say enough good things! It is hard to miss him when he is in the best home ever! I hope they all end this way. I know it was a long journey, but worth it a thousand times over. My husband can probably name on one hand the times he has seen me cry in the last decade, this being one of them! It's like the happiness just overflowed yesterday!”
Fantastic job placing him Erin! You must feel so great. We all want to express our deep gratitude for all that you have done for Dash.